What to do if You Find Asbestos in Your Home

Until the late 1970’s, asbestos based materials were widely used in building homes due to their heat resistant properties. However, since it has been found to cause mesothelioma cancer and other diseases, it has been banned from use. People renovating their older homes sometimes find asbestos in their homes when taking down walls or completing other projects, which can pose a great danger if dust with asbestos fibers is breathed in. There are steps you can take if you find asbestos in your home.

The simplest thing you can do is not touch anything possibly contaminated with asbestos. If the materials in your home containing asbestos are in good condition and have not been touched, they often do not pose any health risk. But if the materials begin showing signs of wear and tear or deterioration, take the proper precautions to ensure you are not exposed to asbestos fibers.

Precautions include not using power tools, high pressured hoses, cutting tools, or compressed air. If the asbestos is found while working on a roof, do not attempt to walk over it as you may risk falling through the roof and releasing the fibers into the air. If you must work around the asbestos fibers, ensure the materials are thoroughly wet down to minimize release into the air.

One of the best precautions you can take is to have the specific materials tested for asbestos by a professional lab, who can also inform you on how to correctly remove and take a sample safely. If it is found that materials in your home do contain asbestos, it is important that you hire a professional to remove it. Although it is permitted to remove asbestos on your own, removing them can risk releasing more asbestos fibers into the air putting you, your family, and even your neighbors in great danger. Exposure to asbestos fibers can not only cause the disease asbestosis but mesothelioma cancer that is often fatal to those diagnosed with it. This is why it is crucial to hire a professional to properly remove and dispose of asbestos containing materials.

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